These painting kits can turn any novice into the next Picasso

Eat, sleep, work, repeat. Sound like your life? In an era where free time is typically devoted to Netflix-bingeing and hobbies spawned out of necessity (like cooking and working out), finding a creative way to unwind is just as important now as it was when you were a kid. Taking on an art project can help you release some tension while letting your creative juices flow.

These painting kits make the process completely painless with step-by-step instructions, plus all the materials you need to get started the second you open up the box. From intuitive paint-by-numbers kits to freeform abstract painting, watercolor paints, and finally, fabric-based shibori dyeing, these paint kits offer plenty of ways to cut out the stress and get creative.

1

Bob Ross Paint by the Numbers Kit

amazon.com

$0.00

Who better than the ultimate artistic icon of the ’80s to help you discover the joy of painting? This nostalgic paint-by-numbers kit includes everything you need to create a mini masterpiece, with three business card-sized canvases, seven colorful paint pots, a mini paintbrush and an easel for displaying your finished work.

And for true Bob Ross fans, it also comes with a 32-page book that features painting tips for future projects. 

5

Paint Your Own Craft Kit

etsy.com

$24.65

$24.09

Take your creativity beyond the canvas to produce a practical art piece. In addition to five pots of paint and a paint brush, each kit includes your choice of a ceramic mug, porcelain tea cup set, trinket tray or a latte mug with spoons. 

When you’re finished with your masterpiece, leave it to dry for 24 hours before firing it up in the oven for hand-washable use.